MUT to host a press conference to discuss 40th anniversary on Thursday at 10h30

12 June 2019 

Press release statement: For immediate release

Submitted by: Azwi Mufamadi

Email: hlophe@mut.ac.za

MUT to host a press conference to discuss 40th anniversary on Thursday at 10h30

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host a press conference on Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 10h30, to discuss its upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations. These celebrations are also meant to celebrate the history of Umlazi Township, where the institution is rooted.

“Much as we are celebrating our 40th anniversary as an institution, there are other things we want to do beyond MUT. We have realised that Umlazi Township does not have tangible information about its history and we want to excite the people of Umlazi to share their historical information with us. We have commissioned a temporary gallery where some of this history will be displayed along with the history of MUT,” said Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, sixth Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT.

Dr Malaza further explained that the university recognized the contribution made by the people of Umlazi Township not only to MUT but to the rest of South Africa.

“There are people who have shaped Umlazi Township and South Africa but they are unsung heroes. That history is not there. As much as we are celebrating 40 years we are also expanding beyond the University to include Umlazi Township,” Dr Malaza explained.

Details of the press conference are as follows:

Event/activity: Press Conference on MUT 40th anniversary

Time: 10h00 for 10h30

Venue: HR Boardroom, MUT

To RSVP and arrange one-on-one interviews, contact Bheki Hlophe on hlophe@mut.ac.za or 031 907 7195 by 14h30.

MUT’s 40th celebrations events start with the Town Meets Gown Parade on Friday, 14 June 2019 outside MUT’s main entrance; led by the MUT Council, Executive Management and MUT Founding Father, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The Parade will be followed by the unveiling of the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Mosaic Mural at MUT’s anniversary lane. After the Mural unveiling, guests and participants will move across the road to the Faculty of Natural Sciences, where the University will open the History of MUT and Umlazi Gallery (temporary) at the Natural Sciences Building foyer.

The second day of celebration (Saturday, 15 June 2019), is packed with fun and formal events. The Alumni Masterclass on Entrepreneurship will kick start proceedings in the morning, followed by the Alumni Homecoming Picnic, which is accompanied by soccer and netball tournaments. These activities will culminate into the last activity of the day, the Inaugural Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Public Lecture, which will be delivered by Dr Moss Mashamaite.

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A spirit of gratitude prevails as MUT turns 40

Press release statement: For immediate release

Submitted by Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing & Communications 

A spirit of gratitude prevails as MUT turns 40

From 14-16 June all roads will lead to Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) where it will commence its 40-year celebrations. The first event on 14 June will be an academic parade to King Zwelithini Stadium to meet the people of Umlazi. This is a Town Meets Gown / Yazisa umakhelwane wakho event. Staff will be bearing gifts to the people of Umlazi who were affected by the recent floods. The University will also be donating furniture to schools and affected families. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi will be leading the parade.

Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, Vice-Chancellor & Principal of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), believes that if MUT is to succeed in implementing its Strategy 2025 it first has to revisit its humble beginnings. “For the University to celebrate 40 years of existence without a purpose would defeat the very cause for which the University, was formed as a Technikon in 1979”. One of the key goals of MUT Strategy 2025 is national engagement, particularly focusing on nation-building.

“MUT should not take lightly the fact that its establishment was based on a humanitarian philosophy. It was based on a fundamental approach that those who can and who have should uplift those who do not have. It is this spirit of altruism that built MUT into what it has become 40 years later. MUT should replicate what the Founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi did by knocking on the door of Sir Harry Oppenheimer for seed funding to establish MUT”, Dr Malaza said. Today, MUT has over 40,000 alumni, some of whom are also sending their children to MUT.

The capstone events are the unveiling of the Prince Buthelezi mosaic mural, the opening of a mini gallery showcasing the culture of Umlazi Township and the life of Prince Buthelezi. There will also be a public lecture on Saturday, 15 June in honour of Prince Buthelezi. The speaker will be Dr Moss Mashamaite.

On the side line of these events will also be the Alumni Homecoming weekend filled with sports, Master Classes, picnics and prayer.